For a snack I made some raviolis with atta flour, filled with Canadian bacon and cheddar. Just stuff I had on hand. I pan fried the raviolis, making one side crisp and they kind of reminded me of stuffed parathas. I really liked the pasta part and I'm going to experiment more with fillings--maybe I'll make a spiced potato filling so they're kind of like aloo parathas.
Pondering tonights dinner....got some beef ragout hanging around in the fridge, lessee... some boiled jacket potatoes. Go to pantry..oh look some canneloni tubes and some lasagne sheets, passata. Back to fridge, got some mozzarella.
Ok, its gonna be a mongrelised canneloni/lasagne with ragout filling mixed with passata, layer with cheese, top with sliced potatoes, spray with canola and bake. Salad and baked pide bread to serve.
I made some sopa de ajo, garlic soup, from Mario Batali's book about his culinary road trip to Spain. Mine didn't turn out quite like the picture in the book, but tasty and was pretty simple to make. I love the aroma of garlic cooking in olive oil! I imagine, however, that if I were working in an Italian restaurant I might feel otherwise after a while.
I could have done better - one of the cats needed attention at a crucial time and I got the garlic a bit too toasty. But cats are cats, and I didn't actually scorch the garlic, I just think it would have been better a bit less brown.
Reminds me of one of my favorite commercials, though I can't remember what company produced it. It was about jumping to conclusions. This fellow is in the kitchen making a nice spaghetti dinner. You see him stirring the sauce, cutting up stuff for the salad. The cat jumps up on the stove while he is cutting and he reaches to keep it away from the pot. It cuts to the woman walking in the door, and what she sees in the kitchen is the guy with a big knife in one hand, a
screaming cat soaked in red in his other. I'm sure it is on Youtube somewhere, maybe I'll look up funny commercials or some such later this evening.
Today was my birthday. Started out with roasted/steamed oysters this afternoon, then broke down a cheap beef tenderloin from costco and cut up some steaks (very simple with just sea salt and cracked black pepper 'crust') for myself and the family and turned the chain meat into a real quick carpaccio. My grandmother (an old gourmet, herself) threw together an Asian style slaw, my girlfriend made me some amazing garlic/chive mashed potatoes, and my sister made a "pork wellington" (at least that's what she was calling it)for me to take home. Lot of food going around tonight for my little family 'n friends party. Best I've eaten in a while though. I've been taking home pizza for dinner for the last few weeks. hah.
For desert I got a Shun Ken Onion 8" chef's knife. MMMmmmmm.
It's been a good day. I also made away with the new ed. (and my first copy) of The Professional Chef.
Good dinner, simple food, great day. I am a happy boy right now.
“Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one's life.”
Ain't that what cooking should be all about? :)
Know the feeling
Even if it's burnt sausages from the bbq from the other half...he did it *for me
Or cold eggs on toast and really horrible coffee on Mother's Day from the kids hehe....they did it for me
I thank them sincerely every time as it is a sign of love
I'd never eat an airport, they're too crunchy and there's always leftovers.
About to boil water for some meat-filled agnoletti made using recipes from cookbooks by Dom DeLuise (the egg pasta) and Virginia novelist Adriana Trigiani (the filling; I used ground beef-pork meatloaf mixture), accompanied by an Italian hard roll from Marcy Goldman's "A Passion for Baking."
I’m visiting my son in Pittsburgh and our house here is very small and the pantry not very well stocked.
Yesterday for dinner I made two different pizzas with quick rustic dough. Toppings were sun-dried tomatoes, fontina, sweet Italian sausage and roasted garlic. The other was Spinach, pine-nuts, artichoke hearts feta and smoked Gouda.
Tonight we had baked tilapia that I encrusted in a crushed tortilla chips, Serrano chilies, lime, tomato paste and cilantro. It was served on tomato corn orzo with black beans, garlic, bell peppers, onions and mesquite seasoning. I made a cinnamon pumpkin flan for dessert
I just picked up a chuck tender so tomorrow - ???????? I’ll figure it out then.
It was quick Friday night cooking tonight....spicy mini meatballs from the freezer, quick tom sauce, lots of green pepper, garlic, white wine, toss some spag, quick grate of cheese, croutons...mange :)
Buttered toast made from the last bit of a farl* -- a salty, round, rustic English loaf nearly identical to what in the same cookbook is called "cob" but with a little more butter.
* Or what Paul Hollywood calls a farl anyway. To me a farl is a quarter-round of a much more flat bread or cake, from Lowland Scots fardel, a quarter, presumably related either by descent or collaterally to German viertel, also meaning one-fourth. But I don't make those, and I do make this bread fairly often.
I have a big ole hairy pork loin roast.
It'll get seared good on both sides
with salt pepper onion pow garlic pow
cinnamon and allspice. Then it'll get braised
in apple juice white wine and chicken stock
on lowest low covered 4 hours. Gravy will be
made from rendered liquid and will be spooned
over the pork and rice. With that butter browned
white rice then soaked in milk and "creamed" at the end.
Asparagus roasted in oven with lemoned
croutons. Buttered warmed sourdough.
Strawberry water and, for him, ice cream.
...All anyone ever does is complain....stop griping and start being thankful...be grateful...be appreciative...
Hehe that's funny :) Everything sounds much more elegant in French.
Last night we did a mountain of mashed spuds; steamed carrots, beans and peas then into a pan with a ladle of chicken stock and butter; spicy roo meatballs with a really top green peppercorn gravy...really thick, rich and gloopy. Not exactly gourment, but Ahh twas good after a long long day.
Dessert was strawberry yoghurt.
Think tonight is pizza and garlic bread night- yes from the freezer :rolleyes: - playing mum's taxi till late...so I am allowed to cheat! Maybe a tossed salad to assauge the guilt feelings and pretend to be eating healthy :thumb:
this is a great idea! i would love to share what i have been cooking and i also want to get new recipes from others.
tonight i'll be cooking on grilled pork belly. my family always love this recipe from the start! it's quite easy you know. all you need to do is slice the pork belly into thin slices, but not too thin, make sure their bite size thick. then you marinate it for an hour with barbecue sauce, squeeze a bit of lemon, add salt and paper to taste and that's it! grill it for 10 minutes on each side depending on how you want it to be. some would prefer medium rare.